Warm memories of Arvin and the many lives he touched will be with us forever. UFFDA!
  • 80 years old
  • Born on April 7, 1935 .
  • Passed away on May 8, 2015 .

This online memorial was created in memory of our beloved father, Arvin Hagen, whose presence graced the Earth from April 7, 1935 to May 8, 2015.  We will remember him forever.  Content continues to be added, so we encourage repeat visits.   We also invite you to share your photos, memories and stories, too.  The website is designed to be interactive. That way, we can all honor his loving, expansive and service-oriented life together.  MANY NEW PHOTOS AND STORIES ADDED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015.  Audio changed to Tennessee Ernie Ford January 2018 in honor of Arvin's love for singing gospel and his deep bass voice.

from Arvin's loving children - Allan, Cindy & Brent Hagen (website administrators) 

Posted by Cindy Hagen Lukas on 7th October 2016
From: LouiTim@aol.com [mailto:LouiTim@aol.com] Sent: Saturday, May 09, 2015 2:48 PM To: allan.h@evergreenimplement.com Subject: Re: Arvin Hagen passing Hi Allan, I am very sorry to hear this news. My sincere condolences to you and your family. And yes, I will send this to the Minneapolis Retiree group today. Thank you for sharing this as Arvin has many friends in our group. Take care. Tim Claus NOTE from Allan Hagen: Tim Claus forwarded this information to the John Deere Retiree e-mail network.
Posted by Cindy Hagen Lukas on 7th October 2016
From: Lane Nick [mailto:LaneNicholasJ@JohnDeere.com] Sent: Friday, May 15, 2015 9:27 AM To: MN Thief River Falls Evergreen Implement Co. Subject: Allan, I was in TX this week and Mark DeMay mentioned that your father passed away. I am sorry to hear the news and hope you and your family are doing well. I did not know your father but Mark and Don Aslesen spoke highly of him. Nick Lane Territory Mgr ND/MN 701-212-9825 Fax 309-749-4079 NOTE from Allan Hagen: Nick Lane is our local John Deere territory manager.
Posted by Cindy Hagen Lukas on 7th October 2016
Thought of you often today - hope you had a chance to connect with family and share stories and memories of your Dad. I viewed your Dad's memorial website - it's lovely and you've done a great job with the pictures and the journal of the time you spent together those last weeks. Take care, Paulet May 13, 2015
Posted by Cindy Hagen Lukas on 7th October 2016
E-mail exchange excerpts between Cindy Hagen Lukas and Arvin's sister, Karen Christianson: CINDY (April 29, 2015) I 'cried on Alden's shoulder' yesterday [Arvin's brother, on a long-distance telephone call from Fargo to Williston, ND], because I was so sad. I've been in Fargo for almost two weeks and have gotten emotionally worn out. This transition has been very difficult for Dad, so it's been hard for me, too. After a good night's sleep, I'm leaving Audra's house, stopping at Dad's, then will be on my way back to St Paul...One thing I've discovered is that Dad believes life-size baby dolls are real and bring out his most tender, caring side. He talked to, sang, and cradled it. KAREN (April 30, 2015) We are coming through on the 15th and back through the 16th when we come down for Matt's graduation from law school. We won't be able to stay long either time, but really look forward to seeing Arvin again. He was SO good on his birthday and I am having trouble imagining that he has failed so much in 3 weeks. It is scary to me, but hopefully he can get adjusted and do better again. Love you, Aunt Karen CINDY (May 3, 2015) To be honest, Dad may not last that long. Allan called me tonight and I'm heading back to Fargo tomorrow. Dad's quit eating and drinking. It's possible that things may turn around, but it's probably unlikely. Being dependent on others just isn't how he wants to live. Sorry I don't have better news. KAREN (May 6, 2015) Your mom called Monday evening, so guess I am not expecting positive changes. I would love that more than anything, but know that that is not my choice. We return on Sat. and hopefully I can come on Sunday to just sit and talk to him if he is still with us. Love him so much! Love you, too. Thanks for keeping us updated. Your mom didn't say he had quit eating and drinking, but did indicate it probably wouldn't be long.
Posted by Cindy Hagen Lukas on 7th October 2016
May 10, 2015 e-mail from Allan Hagen that helped explain why Arvin was in so much pain when staff at the new facility used a mobility belt around his waist (they soon changed to a padded belt and then a wheelchair and lift for his greater ease in movement): Mom showed me the 23 Apr 15 report of the CT scan that was done on Dad. The final paragraph was: IMPRESSION: Vascular calcifications are noted. There are degenerative changes involving the lumbar spine with compression of L2 and also L1. There is a probable cyst within the liver and both kidneys. There is more to the report with terminology that is not familiar to me.
Posted by Cindy Hagen Lukas on 22nd September 2016
...Bad news this summer. We lost my older brother Arvin, who was not only the head of the clan in my eyes, but the friend that I played basketball, football, and baseball with and who enjoyed golfing with me when possible. My other brother Charles and my sister Karen both visited me during the summer - that surely helped, but I miss him. One of the nicest things about all three of them is that they are all good drivers - and like to drive. I like to sleep when I travel so we get along pretty well... Excerpt from Alden (the kids call me A.J. and I like that better) Hagen's 2015 Christmas letter
Posted by Cindy Hagen Lukas on 9th September 2016
This notice appeared in Sigma Nu Fraternity's national chapter and alumni newsletter, 'The Delta:' NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY Brother Arvin Hagen, the first Commander of the Eta Theta Chapter, entered Chapter Eternal on May 8, 2015. Brother Hagen was 80 and passed away peacefully at home in Fargo, N.D. Hagen spent his entire career with John Deere, where he retired in 1992 after 32 years of service. A note from Hagen’s obituary read, 'Most importantly, Arvin actively lived the Sigma Nu Creed of Love, Honor, and Truth.' Speaking about Brother Hagen, Greg Heller said, 'Arvin was a guiding light and a beacon of what a true brother and what every Sigma Nu should strive for. Until his last days, Arvin remained active within our chapter. He truly knew what it meant to be a Sigma Nu.'
Posted by Jim Milstead on 8th May 2016
Time passes quickly--I hope this past year has brought nothing but good memories of Arvin---he was such a good man. One who I respected highly and was proud to call friend.
Posted by Cindy Hagen Lukas on 19th May 2015
Deepest sympathies to the family. I got to know Arvin through the John Deere retiree group. Among those of us who met him and his peers that worked with him, there was only great respect expressed about the man and his passion for John Deere. Arvin was well known for his great respect and support for his fellow John Deere employees. My prayers are with you in his passing. Greg Frazier Boulger Funeral Home guestbook May 16, 2015 at 8:14 am
Posted by Cindy Hagen Lukas on 18th May 2015
In response to Rio Baca's May 8, 2015 Facebook post, Stacy Lynn Stromstad Christianson said: Arvin WAS a great man. He and Bev were the first of Chad's family members that I met and I LOVED them right away (maybe that was part of Chad's plan to win me over! ;) Arvin made me feel so welcome as Bev fixed some treats and he tried to find 'the connection' between us...which he found quickly when I mentioned that I helped out the Snortlands....'Oh, MICKEY!' I remember him saying (Julie Snortland). He made me feel like I belonged and whatever I was currently working on was SO interesting (which I'm sure it wasn't, but he was so gracious). It was always a joy to see him and you're right, Rio, his laugh was AMAZING...and those hugs?! Like you were the most important person in the world. His passing is certainly a loss. I'm holding all the Hagens and Arvin's near-and-dears in my prayers....it's hard to say 'goodbye' even when there has been a bit of time to prepare.
Posted by Cindy Hagen Lukas on 17th May 2015
Re: the yellow flower arrangement with John Deere tractor from Alden, Charles (Chuck) and Karen (Arvin’s siblings) that Karen Christianson posted a photo of on her Facebook page: "Very cool creation by Karen's daughter-in-law!" “It’s so fitting for Arvin…love it…My sympathies to all the families of Arvin…he was so sweet, and always gave a bad time (he was just kidding) about all the boys, etc.” “I remember Arvin! He was closer to our age, I think!" "Wonderful, special, and very fitting." “Arvin was a special, thoughtful man!!” “Love the arrangement. Arvin would have approved.” “I remember Arvin. Sorry to hear of his death.” “Wish we could have been there to hug you all. I will always have warm and happy memories of Arvin. He was such a kind soul with a great sense of humor.” “Just perfect for Arvin. He will certainly be missed in our family!” “A perfect tribute to a wonderful man. "It's perfect!" Other friends and family (who shall remain anonymous because I haven't asked their permission to quote them) have made these comments on Facebook: “always enjoyed talking with him” "great at driving a conversation" “very kind soul” “gentle, caring man” “loving cousin” “still remember the day he came to our home to visit Dad after Mom passed away" "wonderful guy” “very nice man!!!” “neighbors when I was very young; Allen and I played together a lot” “gift of visiting with the elderly and ill” “extra-special person” “very special man!” “will always remember his smile” “touched so many people’s lives” “really liked numbers – always counting and knowing exact mileage, etc.” “knew everyone!” “remembered my friends and asked about them often” “always enjoyed hearing about my life”
Posted by Allan Hagen on 17th May 2015
"From the Facebook page of Arvin's first grandchild, Audra Hagen Grunhovd (May 13, 2015): "Today we said goodbye to a great man. Grandpa, we love you and will remember you always. Thank you to everyone who attended the funeral and/or prayer service. It was wonderful to see all the lives Grandpa touched."
Posted by Cindy Hagen Lukas on 16th May 2015
From Karen Christianson's Facebook page, May 13, 2015: This is the arrangement Stacy made as a tribute to our brother, Arvin, whose funeral is today. We love it!!!!! (see yellow bouquet with John Deere tractor in photo gallery, with the following note): Dearest Brother, We will always hold you, your laughter, your smile, the kindness in your eyes. A day will not go by when we do not think of you and thank our Lord for the gift you have been in our lives. Our love always, Alden, Charles & Karen
Posted by Cindy Hagen Lukas on 15th May 2015
On Paris Baca's Facebook page, May 8, 2015: RIP Uncle Arvin, we will all miss you very much! Thanks for the laughs and your very sweet sweet smile! Now I bet you have the most beautiful set of angel's wings to go along with it. :) We will never forget you and cards at the family reunion this year just won't be the same without you.
Posted by Cindy Hagen Lukas on 15th May 2015
On Rio Baca's Facebook page, May 8, 2015 (see photo Rio took of her hand with Arvin's in the photo gallery): Heaven gained a beautiful soul very early this morning. I'm so glad I got to come down and see you this week and I know you'll enjoy paradise! To the kindest, most warm-hearted, caring man. Who always made sure you got your big hug and a kiss on the cheek. The one who had one of the loudest laughs I've ever heard just because it's a Hagen trait, and had so much love in his heart to give to everyone around him. Enjoy Heaven uncle Arvin! We'll all miss you so much down here but fly high and enjoy paradise. I love you!
Posted by Cindy Hagen Lukas on 12th May 2015
I enjoyed getting to know & take Norwegian lessons with Arvin and Bev. They were a great couple. When I was down with back surgery, Arvin would bring me information from the last class so I could keep up. It was great to have him stop in and visit for a bit. Nora had a great lutefisk dinner and Arvin would always say it was good, but not up to the one back home. May God bless the Hagen family at this time of loss and always. Don Reierson Boulger Funeral Home guestbook May 9, 2015 at 6:38 am
Posted by Cindy Hagen Lukas on 12th May 2015
Dear Bev and Family; We are saddened to learn of the passing of Arvin. He was such a gentleman and a pleasure to know. It was difficult for you to go through the past few years, but we share your reassurance that he is with his Lord now and awaits us. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers in these coming days. God Bless! Long live the memory of Arvin Hagen. E. John & Brenda Carlson Boulger Funeral Home guestbook May 10, 2015 at 5:38 am
Posted by Cindy Hagen Lukas on 12th May 2015
Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. He was a wonderful man and will be missed and remembered by many! Mikkel and Jason, Jacob, Logan, Isaac and Paige Conover Boulger Funeral Home guestbook May 10, 2015 at 11:44 pm
Posted by Cindy Hagen Lukas on 12th May 2015
I remember Arvin as a good friend, although our relationship was brief. I expect we will meet again and share some of the eternal joy. donald wahlgren Boulger Funeral Home guestbook May 11, 2015 at 7:59 am
Posted by Keith Hoverstad on 12th May 2015
We are all sad to hear of Arvin's passing. Please accept my condolences. I pray that Arvin's family will be comforted in this time of sorrow. Arvin managed the Parts Department in Minneapolis when the Branch hired me in 1976. He was one of my first managers. I knew Arvin to be an exceedingly honest and fair man, a hard worker, and a compassionate person. He inspired you to work hard, work smart, enjoy life, and be gracious to others. A great leader by all counts. It was a pleasure to work for him, to meet Bev, and to work with both Allan and Cindy. And I enjoyed receiving Arvin and Bev's Christmas newsletter each year so I could keep up with their growing family. Arvin will be missed greatly. His legacy will live on as we all remember fondly how he touched each of our lives.
Posted by Cindy Hagen Lukas on 12th May 2015
I met Arvin at NDSU when he was Sigma Nu fraternity commander, and we met again 40+ years later after retirement into the Cormorant lakes area. Pet and I wish comfort and peace for Bev, their children and family, and a celebration for a life well lived with Arvin. Sherwood (Woody) Olson Boulger Funeral Home guestbook May 11, 2015 at 8:38 pm
Posted by Cindy Hagen Lukas on 12th May 2015
Hello Hagen, Arvin was an awesome and inspiring person. I had the honor of speaking with Arvin at Sigma Nu. His legacy will be remembered forever. LTH HO 408 Jed Kobernusz Boulgers Funeral Home guestbook May 12, 2015 at 12:05 pm
Posted by Jim Milstead on 11th May 2015
My deepest sympathies---I am saddened to learn of Arvin's passing. He was a good man and friend--one in my John Deere family. I respected him and enjoyed the relationship I shared with him over many years. I pray that the Lord will give you His peace and pour out an abundance of grace and mercy on you.

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